Casey Stoner underlined his status as pre-race favourite by dominating the Sunday morning warm-up at the Sachsenring. The Australian will start this afternoon's Grand Prix from his sixth pole position of the season and although he couldn't match his qualifying time, he consistently lapped quicker than anyone else.

Just past the halfway point, Stoner set a 1:22.294 followed by another lap in the same bracket before improving again to a 1:22.132. All three laps would have been good enough to secure top spot with Jorge Lorenzo next up on a 1:22.309.

The warm-up session served to whet the appetite for this afternoon's 30 lap Grand Prix, set up to be a head-to-head battle between the two chief title contenders. Dani Pedrosa will start between them on the front row though and he reminded everyone that he will be in the mix, the Spaniard was close behind in third on the second Repsol Honda.

Alvaro Bautista finished the session in a stunning fourth after beating his quickest qualifying time, his result was all the more impressive considering he missed the final few minutes due to a crash. Marco Simoncelli and Ben Spies clocked near identical times in fifth and sixth while Andrea Dovizioso was there or thereabouts in seventh.

Nicky Hayden was once again the quickest of the Ducatis in eighth while Valentino Rossi managed to make slight progress from yesterday, narrowly beating his qualifying time to go 11th. Cal Crutchlow was 13th aboard the Monster Tech3 Yamaha, four places behind teammate Colin Edwards.


Warm-Up Result:

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Casey Stoner AUS Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:22.132
2 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +0.177
3 Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda Repsol Honda Team +0.280
4 Alvaro Bautista SPA Suzuki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +0.423
5 Marco Simoncelli ITA Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +0.455
6 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +0.471
7 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Honda Repsol Honda Team +0.633
8 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Ducati Team +0.833
9 Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +0.835
10 Randy de Puniet FRA Ducati Pramac Racing Team +1.031
11 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Ducati Team +1.128
12 Hiroshi Aoyama JAP Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +1.223
13 Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +1.226
14 Hector Barbera SPA Ducati Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP +1.286
15 Toni Elias SPA Honda LCR Honda MotoGP +1.706
16 Karel Abraham CZE Ducati Cardion AB Motoracing +2.022
17 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Ducati Pramac Racing Team +3.607